Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions
With MCAT cancellations this year, as well as shortened exams, will you change the MCAT submission deadline and how you review MCAT results?
We are monitoring the new MCAT exams and will continue to follow the AAMC’s updates. Applicants may submit an academic explanation essay to describe individual circumstances that affected their MCAT test preparation and exam results. MCAT exams are reviewed as a threshold only, but are still required. See MCAT updates.
How will the new changes for GPA calculation and Winter 2020 grades announcement affect the full-year courses from 2019-2020 academic year?
If the applicant’s institution has divided the full-year course and given a semester course mark for the first term, we will count that mark in the GPA calculation. If the applicant’s institution has only provided a mark at the end of the Winter 2020 term, then the entire course will be treated as being credit/no credit and will not be used in the GPA calculation. In both cases, all credit/no credit courses will count towards the number of credits required for application and may be used to fulfil prerequisites. None of the courses designated credit/no credit due to Covid-19 disruptions will be amongst the courses dropped for those eligible for the weighting formula.
I have completed a thesis in the 2019-2020 academic year, which is worth two full-course credits and the grade was reported in Winter 2020. Will you take into account my thesis grade in the GPA calculation and credit requirement?
Although we treat Winter 2020 grades as credit (CR)/no credit (NCR), all credits obtained during the Winter 2020 term will count toward the course-load, credit, and prerequisite course assessments. If your university has divided the course and given a semester course mark for the first term, we will count that mark in the GPA calculation.
Why have you decided to treat Winter 2020 grades as credit (CR)/no credit (NCR)?
After consulting with other universities, we have been given a broad understanding of the difficulties of course delivery and the challenges faced by both professors and students in adapting to on-line learning. In addition, after an in-depth examination of the variations of how winter courses were arranged, and how responsibilities, assignments, and examinations were laid out over the term, it has become apparent that there is no equitable way to split a full year course and effectively encompass all the variations and nuances encountered by many academic institutions.
How will you calculate the GPA in the new admissions cycle?
With the exception of the Winter 2020 term, all undergraduate course grades obtained during the fall, winter, and summer terms on a full-time basis (3.0 or more FCEs during the fall/winter and 1.5 or more FCEs during the summer terms) will count toward the admissions GPA calculation.
Why did you decide to implement changes in how GPA is calculated?
The changes that have been announced for the 2020-2021 admission cycle are part of the renewal process announced in 2019, and constitute phase 2 of this process. All changes are introduced in phases to allow us to carefully monitor our interventions and assess their efficacy in making our admissions process more equitable and accessible.
Can you take into account my individual circumstances that affected my GPA in Winter 2020?
Applicants have the option of submitting an academic explanation essay, if they have had extenuating circumstances where their GPA does not reflect their true academic ability.
If I am completing a second degree with the purpose of improving my GPA, can I request to include Winter 2020 grades?
No, the same policy applies to all Winter 2020 grades.
Will my part-time studies be included in the GPA calculation?
No. Part-time courses are counted towards meeting the prerequisite and degree requirements, but they will not be included in the GPA calculation.
When calculating GPA, are grades weighted differently based on my year of study?
No. Grades are not weighted differently based on your year of study.